Aberdeen beat Dundee United 2-0 in their Wednesday afternoon match in the SPFL development league. Cameron Smith scored early on in the second half before Jamie Masson converted a stunning free kick to ensure the Dons took the points back home with them from Kirkcaldy.
Both Dundee United and Aberdeen had put out strong sides for the game with plenty of first team players on show including Aberdeen’s Ash Taylor who was continuing his recovery from injury.
Aberdeen began the game the better side, retaining good possession of the ball, but without really probing. Dundee United then began to up their pressing in the match to make the game far more even. The first threat at goal arose in the 11th minute when Aberdeen right back, Michael Rose, played a long through ball for Cameron Smith to run onto. Dundee united Goalkeeper, Luis Zwick, was alert and raced out to claim the ball before Smith could latch onto it.
The next close attempt came in the 24th minute for Dundee United. Forward, Mario Bilate, played a delightful pass straight into the path of Jamie Montgomery who had made a fine run at goal. With just the goalkeeper to beat the United number 10 slotted his shot just agonizingly wide of the post.
Dundee United were starting to become a threat in the goalmouth area and came inches away from a goal in the 25th minute. The ball fell to the feet of Montgomery in the penalty area and he duly unleashed a fierce shot. The ball deflected off of an Aberdeen defender and, with Robbie Mutch helpless in goal, the ball bounced of the post before being claimed by the Aberdeen ‘keeper.
In the 28th minute Dundee United came close once more from a corner kick. The ball was delivered perfectly into the danger area and met by Mario Bilate. Unfortunately for him, Clark Robertson had matched his run and the full back was able to disrupt and block his effort. Mutch was then left to pounce on the loose ball to relieve the danger.
Eight minutes later and it was Aberdeen’s turn to go close. Clark Robertson, overlapping on the left wing, fired a pinpoint cross right onto the foot of Lawrence Shankland who was lurking yards from goal. The striker unfortunately lashed his effort high over the crossbar.
In the 38th minute Kieran Gibbons had a pop at goal for the Dons. The ball broke to the midfielder on the edge of the box and he fired at goal with a first time effort. The shot, however, was well blocked by John Souttar and Luis Zwick was able to catch the ball with most of the sting taken out of it.
A minute later Mario Bilate was adjudged to have been fouled by Lukas Culjak about 25 yards from goal. Chris McLaughlin stepped up to take the resulting free kick and fired his effort just over the crossbar.
The remainder of the half saw little goalmouth action and, as the teams went in for the break, both were left to rue missed chances.